Marc Topkin

Derailed On His Way To Stardom

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By now, B.J. Upton was supposed to be a star. Maybe he wasn't going to be the next Derek Jeter, as he so boasted innocently on the June 4, 2002, afternoon the Devil Rays made him the No. 2 pick in the nation. But he certainly didn't expect to be spending the spring of his fifth pro season shuffling around the back fields working at a handful of different positions, still seeking the chance to spend his first full season in the majors, and in a role similar to that of Angels' super utilityman Chone Figgins.

Majors | #2007#Season Preview

Devil Rays Organization Report

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The Devil Rays partnered with the Dodgers to expand their presence in Latin America. The organizations will share a base in the Dominican Republic. The Devil Rays also are building their own facility in Venezuela and are planning to set up a camp in Colombia. And they also are willing to be creative, which is how they ended up with Diego Echevarria, a 21-year-old knuckleballer from—of all places—Argentina.

Majors | #2006#Organization Reports#Tampa Bay Devil Rays